Weekly Report 27
In AP Literature we have been reading Hamlet. A major theme in the play is that of thinking versus acting; the play focuses on the need to act upon one’s thinking. I feel as though that my mentor visits are all emblematic of thinking. In all honesty, Mr. Speice pointed this out, and he is right. Really, all we do is talk. Last year where I painted every time I was there, and learned while doing so too. When compared to that this year seems lackluster.
I blame this on myself; I have not asked for anything more. My pride, I think, got in the way. I just assumed I was done with that area of art, and I wanted to focus on organization. That, however, neglects the fundamentals of art and prevents me from fully grasping what I need to learn. Despite the fact that I have been painting on my won more often than before, this still inhibits me. I mean, my whole goal for the year is to paint more; what I am doing with my mentor visit goes against that.
What I need to do is begin acting; instead of just talking and reflecting about art during my visits, I need to act. In doing so I will gain actual experience, and I will be able to learn more. That is what artists do.
Even Ms. Vernon told me to, “Paint. Paint. Paint”. With practice I truly grow, develop and improve. Since that is my goal, I should act on it. I will start doing so this week by going to an event Mrs. Jahanyfard setup for her students to paint. Jake and I will go there to film and, I specifically, will be able to actually do something with my mentor other than thinking.